Fact: Actress Gabourey Sidibe's mum, Alice Tan Ridley, is heading for the R&B charts - the singer's new album was released earlier this month (Sep16) on iTunes. The proud actress says, "My mom's a fantastic singer."
Fact: Actress Gabourey Sidibe made a surprise appearance at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday (16Aug15) by joining her EMPIRE co-stars Jussie Smollett and BRYSHERE GRAY as a back-up dancer during their performance of You're So Beautiful. Smollett previously revealed he co-wrote the song with "Gabby on the brain", telling MTV News that the actress is "confident and sexy and beautiful, but every once in a while, you need to hear the words you're so beautiful."
Fact: Actress Gabourey Sidibe is adding author to resume by writing her own memoir. The Precious star will open up about her life in an as-yet-untitled book, which will hit stores in 2017. A statement from Sidibe reads, "I've been writing since I was a child and have always had so many stories to tell that are too long, shady, and impolite to share in interviews. It brings me much joy to add Published Writer to my resume of Actor and part-time Foot Model." Sidibe follows in the footsteps of her Empire co-star Taraji P. Henson, who will release her memoir next year (16).
Quote: "We have fantastic chemistry. You can feel it; it's palpable. Best friends chemistry." Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi has found a new pal in actress Gabourey Sidibe after the odd couple teamed up as castmates on U.S. Tv comedy The Big C.
Quote: "I like them tall, I like them a little dark, I like them really smart... and I like to go home and not talk about what I do for a living." Precious star Gabourey Sidibe's ideal man is not an actor or anyone in showbusiness.
Quote: "I would love to make a Japanese commercial that will pay me millions of dollars and only show in Japan - for, like, squid-flavoured cherry soda or something... (George) Clooney's done them, Brad Pitt's done them. I think I need to do one." Precious star Gabourey Sidibe on her acting dream.
Quote: "It's weird to sleep there alone... I'm not afraid of burglars anymore because I have lots of security, but there's no security that protects you from ghosts. I'm afraid of ghosts." Actress Gabourey Sidibe on living alone in her new home.
Quote: "I play a teenager who's kind of a bad girl and a bully. I had a lot of fun on the set fighting and drinking - not things I was ever doing as a teenager." PRECIOUS star Gabourey Sidibe on her new movie Yelling to the Sky, in which she stars alongside Lenny Kravitz's daughter Zoe.
Quote: "I really like what I do. I'm not looking for roles that offer a big challenge, nor am I looking for roles without a challenge. I'm not looking for anything in particular." PRECIOUS star and Hollywood newcomer Gabourey Sidibe is haphazardly pursuing her acting career.
Quote: "I don't have time for school - not this year (10) at least. Maybe eventually. We'll see how this little acting career goes." Hollywood newcomer Gabourey Sidibe has put off plans to pursue higher education following her Oscar-nominated performance in PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE.
Quote: "I'm from New York, I'm not supposed to have a driver's licence!" PRECIOUS star Gabourey Sidibe is in no rush to obtain her driver's permit after years of living in the metropolitan area.
Quote: "She went behind my back and auditioned. She's sneaky! I think she was just too nervous to tell me about it then she went on and rocked it. I'm very proud of her." Actress Gabourey Sidibe had no idea her singer mother, Alice Tan Ridley, planned to try out for U.S. reality show America's Got Talent earlier this year (10). She's since progressed to the semi-finals of the TV competition.
Quote: "I steered a pirate ship. He let me dock it. I was Captain Gabby for the day." Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe got the chance to helm a ship during a recent trip to Croatia.
Fact: PRECIOUS star Gabourey Sidibe has been unveiled as the latest cast addition to Laura Linney's new TV drama THE BIG C. The Oscar nominee will play an outspoken student on the forthcoming U.S. series, about a teacher who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Liam Neeson is also set to make an appearance on the programme.
Fact: Actress Gabourey Sidibe's mum has auditioned for AMERICA'S GOT TALENT. Alice Tan Ridley, 58, was dubbed the "best audition of the day" by judge Piers Morgan when she belted out Etta James' song At Last at the New York leg of the auditions. She was put through to the next round of the TV talent competition.
Quote: "Here's a thing I'm actually embarrassed about. I met Justin Bieber... I was like 'Hey, my little sister really likes you, and she's 12, would you take a picture?' He was like, 'Cool.' And then he walks away, and I was like, 'Wow.' All of a sudden, 'Bieber Fever' swept over me and I got hot and started sweating. I was like, 'What's happening to me? Justin Bieber did it!'" PRECIOUS star Gabourey Sidibe is now a JUSTIN BIEBER fan after meeting the teen pop star at a White House dinner.
Quote: "The only thing that gets weird is that sometimes people think that I am the character Precious... We're very different... I have a wonderful family and I'm well-adjusted and I grew up with dreams of getting a degree in psychology, which I don't have to do anymore because I'm famous now... Don't worry about me. I'm not Precious." Gabourey Sidibe insists she's nothing like her movie character.
Quote: "There were a bunch of parties afterwards and I had to get rid of her before the fun started. I don't wanna be at a party with my mom... How creepy is that?" Gabourey Sidibe cut her mother's Oscars experience short.
Quote: "I'm really excited that this show will be hosted by Jack Donaghy and The Jerk. It's gonna be awesome." Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe thinks the 2010 Academy Awards will be hilarious thanks to co-hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.
Quote: "I don't know what I'm doing around the time of the Oscars, but if I'm available, it might go down... It's very cool to see someone who's genuinely in awe of their success." Justin Timberlake isn't ruling out accompanying Gabourey Sidibe to the Oscars after the PRECIOUS star named him as her dream date to ceremony next month (Mar10).
Quote: "I've been in class with other girls and our teacher would say to another little girl, 'You can be a model and you can be an actress... Gabby, thank God you're so smart.' It's like, 'Really?'" PRECIOUS star Gabourey Sidibe has always felt like an outsider.
Quote: "It's so jinx-y to write a speech because what if I don't get it? And then I'll have that speech in some broken dreams box." Hollywood newcomer Gabourey Sidibe refuses to prepare a speech after her Best Actress Oscar nomination for PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE ahead of next month's (07Mar10) ceremony.
Quote: "I'm not nervous at all, because I'm allowed to make mistakes. Everybody will be like, 'Oh, Gabby, she's new. She's so cute.' I don't know how long I can ride the adorableness - but I plan to ride it as far as I can." Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe plans to play up her inexperience on the red carpet at the Academy Awards next month (07Mar10).
Quote: “As soon as I heard, I jumped up and down and for some reason I kept screaming, ‘I’m gonna get a car, I’m gonna get a car.’ I don’t know why." PRECIOUS star Gabourey Sidibe is delighted after landing her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Quote: "I am celebrating this moment with the world... I'm so excited for Gabby, for me, for the picture because this project was done as such a labour of love so we're all just very excited and so appreciative." PRECIOUS star MO'NIQUE is delighted after landing her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Her co-star Gabourey Sidibe also earned a nod for Best Actress in a Leading Role, while filmmaker Lee Daniels is up for Best Director and the movie will compete for the Best Picture Oscar.
Quote: "I'm the only idiot in the room trying to get away from her. Finally, I'm backed into a wall, she gets me. She hugs me and then I see her mouth moving, but I hear nothing. All I remember is that her favourite colour is green." Star-struck Gabourey Sidibe ran away from Oprah Winfrey on the set of PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE.
Quote: "Oh man, the Golden Globes was a lot of fun. It was so weird because it was packed, but packed with celebrities. It was like leaving a baseball game and finding the person you happen to be crunched up against is Leonardo DiCaprio." PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE star Gabourey Sidibe was starstruck at the Golden Globes earlier this month (Jan10).
Quote: "I'm excited to meet everybody. I'm a real creep. There's footage of me meeting Will Smith and I'm making all of these weird sounds." PRECIOUS star Gabourey Sidibe is starstruck meeting her movie idols thanks to her newfound fame.
Quote: "People always ask me, ‘You have so much confidence. Where did that come from?’ It came from me. One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. I wear colours that I really like, I wear make-up that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see.” PRECIOUS star Gabourey Sidibe reveals her secret to feeling good about herself.
Quote: "I was on the Tyra show and the whole time she kept calling me 'Gabourney', like 'Sigourney' (Weaver), and I was too shy to say, 'It's actually Gabourey', but whatever!" PRECIOUS star Gabourey Sidibe didn't want to correct supermodel-turned-talk show host Tyra Banks' pronunciation of her unique name.
Quote: "I wanted to be a therapist, but at some point I also wanted to be a stand-up comedienne. (But) I don't know if I'm joke funny." PRECIOUS star Gabourey Sidibe doubts she would have been able to break into Hollywood as a professional comedienne.
Quote: "I think I'd be a psychologist. Most of my life I wanted to be a therapist." PRECIOUS actress Gabourey Sidibe reveals her career plans before she landed her debut role in the Oscar-tipped movie.